Conference

International SEEDS Conference 2019

  • 00.00 - 00.00
  • 11 Sep 2019 - 12 Sep 2019
  • University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK
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Growing Sustainability - Natural Capital and Society in the Built Environment

The fifth International SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society) Conference took place on 11-12 September 2019. The University of Suffolk hosted the conference for the first time and welcomed delegates from across the world who are all experts in their field. The University worked in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and Technological University Dublin. The built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. The SEEDS Conference focused on the changes that are taking place and the benefits or consequences that are being predicted and measured regarding the built environment’s impacts.

Professor Lloyd Scott, Head of Knowledge in Sustainable Construction Research Group at Technological University Dublin said, “We are experiencing a time of great change and challenge where the excitement of technological development can be evidenced all around us. I was delighted the University of Suffolk had the vision to collaborate and host the event and humbled to be part of it. The urgency that surrounds addressing sustainability is very apparent and the SEEDS Conference provided a special forum where like-minded academics, researchers and students could provide the evidence for change but also create the appropriate discourse to make the necessary transition. We had two days of lectures, workshops, discussion events and networking opportunities to shape a sustainable future together.”
 
Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, added “Tasked with transforming engineering and construction, while ensuring cleaner and more productive modes of operation, the SEEDS Conference and RISE Awards brought industry leaders and academics together to ensure a real difference is made. It was impressive to see how many national and international experts came to Ipswich. The hub of activity that was been created is a testament to the research at the University of Suffolk and the impact the SEEDS Conference has. We have great expectations of what will come out of the partnerships formed in Suffolk and believe that further research outputs from the conference, digital symposium and industry awards will revolutionise our working space and better support the natural environment that we rely on.”

Justine Oakes from the Suffolk Sustainability Institute and Sustainability Manager at the University of Suffolk said, "The built environment dominates humanities impact on the natural world.  For the majority of us, the rural and urban communities we pass through daily, have all been shaped and designed by social and economic growth requirements. So it therefore makes sense, that with a growing population, the key route to progressing towards a sustainable future is to focus, quite literally, on building it! Built environment activities are key contributors to climate change, energy consumption, waste generation, resource depletion, biodegradation and diminished human health.  All challenges that formed the focus of this year’s SEEDS Conference. This event presented an exceptional opportunity for global knowledge transfer within our region."  

The conference was supported by Haven Power. Marc Bradbrook, Commercial & Energy Services Director at Drax Customers (Haven Power & Opus Energy), said, “We’re enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future, through our supply of renewable electricity to UK businesses, and the provision of corresponding services such as battery storage and electric vehicles. We were incredibly proud to be supporting such an innovative conference focussing on sustainability here in Ipswich.”

The two-day conference was bridged by the RISE Awards, at Milsoms in Kesgrave. The annual awards, presented by Iain Dunnett, Senior Growing Places Fund Coordinator at the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, celebrated talented companies, groups and individuals who are changing the nature of the built environment industry through extensive research, development and innovation.

Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

RISE Awards 2019

Rise 2019 posters

SEEDS 2019 Awards

  • The SEEDS Best Paper Award
    Burak Ilhan and Ali Murat Tanyer
  • Sustainability and Environmental Assessment Award
    Mark Gazzard and Colin A. Booth
  • Sustainability and Stakeholders Award
    John Heathcote and Markus Bleier
  • Sustainable Retrofit Award
    Chikezirim Okorafor, Fidelis Emuze and Dillip Kumar Das
  • Sustainable Development and Urban Spaces Award
    Niamh Murtagh, Nezhapi-Delle Odeleye and Chris Maidment
  • Sustainability in Education Award
    Alice Owen, Kathryn B. Janda and Kate Simpson
  • Project Management in Sustainability Award
    Paul Collins and John P. Spillane
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Award
    Thomas Franzen and David Thorpe
  • CIOB Award for Best Technical Paper
    Neil Pickavance, Andrew Ross and Damian Fearon
  • Health and Safety Award
    John Smallwood
  • Innovation and Technology Award
    Peter Gudde, Justine Oakes, Nic Bury, Peter Cochrane and Nicholas Caldwell
  • Building Performance and Evaluation Award
    Dean Myers, Christopher Gorse and David Johnston
  • Retrofit Award
    Michela Menconi, Noel Painting and Poorang Piroozfar
  • Fire Safety Award
    ARC Building Solutions

RISE 2019 Awards

Field and Laboratory Research

  • WINNER
    Nic Bury, Anna Lavelle, Mike Chadwick - University of Suffolk, Kings's College London
    Urban river restoration; Influence of urban river restoration on nitrogen dynamics at the sediment-water interface
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    SES Engineering Services
    GlaxoSmithKline Q-Block (Aseptic Manufacturing Facility)
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    SES Engineering Services
    Quadram Institute

Design, Innovation and Creativity

  • WINNER
    Bernardino D'Amico – Edinburgh Napier University
    Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Eva Agapaki, PhD Candidate, Charles Vest Scholar – University of Cambridge
    Importance of geometric Digital Twins (gDTs) of factories

New Technologies and Building Materials

  • WINNER
    Justine Oakes, Nigel Dent, Alison Huxley - University of Suffolk, Connected Energy, Suffolk County Council
    The Hold: Ipswich, Energy Battery Storage Project
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Hindavi R. Gavali & Rahul V. Ralegaonkar, Department of Civil Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur, India
    Design of Sustainable Alkali-activated Bricks using Bio-based Ash
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Dilun Patel – Leeds Beckett University
    (Joint Developing Nations) Are Bananas the New Building Material?

Sustainable Developments

  • WINNER
    Vivian W Y Tam & Khoa N Le - Western Sydney University
    High-Grade CO2 Concrete for Low Life-Cycle Costing
  • WINNER
    Don Stewart – Interserve
    Emissions & (Commercial) Springwell Leeds SEMH Schools
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Emmanuella Twumasi – Technological University Dublin
    SustainAbilty Expertise (SE): Towards a more Sustainable Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    EdenBridge Health, 1st Horizon, IAConnects, SiteDesk, Arrow ECS, Mercateo & SRO Solutions
    Digital Asset Management Alliance – Smart Asset Management Suite

Behavioural Change

  • WINNER
    Peter Miller – Conga Ltd
    Conga - Motorway Makeover – Creating a fast and comfortable public transport service for the GB strategic road network
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Brian Murphy – Green Building Encyclopaedia
    GBE Heracey TM

Social Value

  • WINNER
    David Sweeting, Gary Crockett, Dr Christopher Hayre, Dr Noreen Cushen-Brewster, Dawn Parsons, Teresa Howarth – East Coast Community Healthcare CIC, Suffolk Coastal & Waveney District Councils, University of Suffolk
    To what extent does a warm home impact on health and wellbeing?

Enterprise

  • WINNER
    SES Engineering Services
    York Community Stadium
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Julia Davis – Julia Davis-Nosko
    Greenware in the Greenwoods

Collaborative Working

  • WINNER
    SES Engineering Services
    GlaxoSmithKline Q-Block (Aseptic Manufacturing Facility)
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    David Walton - Suffolk County Council & Environment Agency, New Anglia LEP, Groundwork Suffolk
    Suffolk Climate Change Partnership
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Don Stewart – Interserve
    South Tees Hospitals

Education and Training

  • WINNER
    Mike Bates - PL Projects
    Developing Sustainability in a Service Sector SME … a difficult journey!
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Harvey Potts – Leeds Beckett University
    Healthy Learning Environments
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Emmanuella Twumasi – Technological University Dublin
    SustainAbility Expertise (SE): Towards a more Sustainable Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector

Fire and Safety

  • WINNER
    Rochila Kundu – Leeds Beckett University
    BIM Implementation for Existing High-Rise Social Housing: Grenfell Tower
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Barrie Smith – Leeds Beckett University
    Investigation into Grenfell Tower in accordance with Approved Document B

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

  • WINNER
    Lucy Cooper – Interserve
    Mental Health First Aid
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Haydon Bottomley – Leeds Beckett University
    The Effect of Reusable Micro-Spaces in Advanced Urban Communities
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED
    SES Engineering Services

Asset Management

  • WINNER
  • EdenBridge Health, 1st Horizon, IAConnects, SiteDesk, Arrow ECS, Mercateo & SRO Solutions
    Digital Asset Management Alliance – Smart Asset Management Suite

Civil Engineering (Infrastructure and Access)

  • WINNER
    Chris Davis & Rob Bozea – Network Rail
    Access for All at Saltmarshe Station

Building Consultancy and Surveying

  • WINNER
    ARC Building Solutions
    ARC Timber Frame Fire Stopping System & ARC Eaves Insulator

Knowledge Transfer

  • WINNER
    John Bruen, Bruen Architects & Queen's University Belfast
    A Decision Support System for Affordable and Sustainable Housing Design and Delivery
    in Least Developed Countries and Post Disaster Contexts
     
    HIGHLY COMMENDED
    Emeka Osaji – Leeds Beckett University
    Analysis of Energy Certification Compliance for Urban Sustainability of Public Buildings in England & Wales

Contracting (Outstanding Contribution to Social Value)

  • WINNER
    nmcn PLC
    Positive Impact NMCN – Committed to Delivering a Positive Impact

Chair’s Award for Best Paper in Category: Energy Assessment Systems

  • WINNER
    Rajat Gupta, Matt Gregg and Agnese Salvati
    Performance Evaluation Based Claims Process for Insuring Energy Performance of New Dwellings

Architecture and Architectural Technology - Award for Outstanding Achievement

  • WINNER
    John Bruen, Bruen Architects & Queen's University Belfast
    A Decision Support System for Affordable and Sustainable housing Design and Delivery in Least Developed Countries and Post Disaster Contexts

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